EPPD encourages pedestrian safety in December

El Paso News
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The El Paso Police Department’s Traffic unit and Safe Communities of the Special Services Division have issued their traffic focus for the month of December 2016. El Paso has had twenty-one (21) traffic related fatalities that involve pedestrians in 2016 (YTD). Listed below are safety tips for pedestrians to use when crossing or walking on roadways.

PEDESTRIANS:

  • When crossing a roadway, cross at a designated crosswalk or intersection
  • When walking during non-daylight hours, where reflective clothing and carry flashlight to increase visibility
  • Always walk on the sidewalk when available. If you must walk on the road, walk on the shoulder or closest to the curb, and walk facing traffic
  • Don’t get distracted with cell phones or electronic devices. Keep your attention focused on traffic
  • Avoid Alcohol Consumption
  • Pedestrians are not allowed on the Interstate and should never attempt to cross Interstate lanes of traffic


DRIVERS:

  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians as you drive and pull into or out of driveways/parking lots
  • Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk
  • Follow posted speed limits
  • If you drink, don’t drive

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